This weekend we celebrate the great feast of Epiphany. I encourage you to celebrate this Solemnity with joy and gratitude toward our good Lord!
It is a long tradition to make the announcement of the Feasts that we celebrate in the near future. There is an established, formal announcement that is used for this occasion. I include more information for you to know more about the Catholic Faith:
“The proclamation of the date of Easter and the other moveable Feasts on Epiphany dates from a time when calendars were not readily available. It was necessary to make known the date of Easter in advance, since many celebrations of the liturgical year depend on its date. The number of Sundays that follow Epiphany, the date of Ash Wednesday, and the number of Sundays that follow Pentecost are all computed in relation to Easter.
Although calendars now give the date of Easter and the other feasts in the liturgical year for many years in advance, the Epiphany proclamation still has value. It is a reminder of the centrality of the Resurrection of the Lord in the liturgical year and the importance of the great mysteries of Faith which are celebrated each year.” (from www.usccb.org)
“In Cathedral and other principal Churches, after the Gospel has been sung, the approaching Feast of Easter Sunday is solemnly announced to the people. This custom, which dates from the earliest ages of the Church, shows both the mysterious connection which unites the great Solemnities of the year one with another, and the importance the Faithful ought to attach to the celebration of that which is the greatest of all, and the center of all Religion. After having honored the King of the universe on the Epiphany, we shall have to celebrate Him on the day which is now announced to us, as the conqueror of death.” (Commentary from The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Guéranger b.1805‐d.1875)
Announcement of Easter and the moveable Feasts for 2019
Know, dear brethren, that, as we have rejoiced at the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so by leave of God's mercy, we announce to you also the joy of His Resurrection, who is our Savior.
On the sixth day of March will fall Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the fast of the most sacred Lenten season.
On the twenty-first day of April you will celebrate with joy Easter Day, the Paschal feast of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the second day of June will be the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the ninth day of June, the feast of Pentecost.
On the twenty-third day of June, the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
On the first day of December, the First Sunday of the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom is honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. Columbkill, and the three Magi, may God bless you, your families and our parishes!
In Christ through Mary,
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